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Working in Germany within the IT sector (with salary info)

Working in IT will always bring many benefits. Not only are companies more open to hire internationally, but also the salary ranges offered are many times higher than for other jobs. But salary still seems to be a “Tabu” topic in Germany and it is rather difficult to get information on salary ranges. Our goal in this blog post is to look into some typical IT jobs in Germany and see what salary ranges are normally offered for those jobs. 

It is important to mention that salaries vary drastically based on years of experience, company size, city and skills. These are therefore just rough estimates for someone with 1-5 years work experience. To ensure our estimates are as accurate as possible we used common salary portals such as gehalt.de, kununu and stepstone. 

Let’s take a look.

Different roles in the German IT sector

IT Architect

IT Architects design and implement complex IT systems and solutions. Their expertise is highly valued as they play a crucial role in creating a blueprint or roadmap that guides the development and integration of various technology components to achieve a coherent and efficient IT infrastructure.

Approximate salary range: €50,000 to €90,000 

Data Scientist

Data scientists are in high demand due to the increasing importance of data-driven decision-making. They work on data analysis, machine learning, and predictive modeling to extract valuable insights from large datasets.

Approximate salary range: €50,000 to €80,000 

IT Security Specialist

Businesses and organizations worldwide have put a big emphasis on cybersecurity. IT security specialists, including penetration testers and cybersecurity analysts, help protect systems and networks from cyber threats.

Approximate salary range: €50,000 to €80,000 

DevOps Engineer

DevOps professionals bridge the gap between development and operations, ensuring seamless software development, deployment, and continuous integration. They focus on enhancing collaboration and communication between departments to ensure a more streamlined and efficient software development and deployment lifecycle.

Approximate salary range: €55,000 to €80,000 

Software Engineer/Developer

Software engineers and developers, especially those with expertise in high-demand technologies like Java, Python, JavaScript, and cloud computing, continue to be very sought after in the job market in Germany.

Approximate salary range: €50,000 to €70,000 

Cloud Solutions Architect

Cloud computing is pervasive, and companies are looking for experts who can design, deploy, and manage cloud-based infrastructures effectively. They focus on building scalable, secure, and cost-effective applications and infrastructure. 

Approximate salary range: €60,000 to €90,000 

IT Project Manager

Experienced IT project managers who can lead and successfully deliver complex projects are rewarded with competitive salaries. But also in the beginning of your career salaries can be quite high. IT project managers ensure that IT projects are completed successfully, on time, within budget, whilst meeting the specified objectives.

Approximate salary range: €55,000 to €80,000 

Machine Learning Engineer

With the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications, machine learning engineers are highly sought after for developing and implementing ML models. 

Approximate salary range: €60,000 to €90,000 

Big Data Engineer

Big Data Engineers handle the massive volumes of data generated by companies, designing and managing data pipelines and storage systems. They play a crucial role in big data initiatives, as they enable organizations to collect, store, process, and analyze vast amounts of data to gain valuable insights and make data-driven decisions.

Approximate salary range: €55,000 to €85,000 


Remember that salaries can vary based on factors like years of experience, location within Germany (e.g., salaries in cities like Munich and Frankfurt might be higher), and the specific industry or company you work for. Additionally, the job market is dynamic, and new trends and technologies can impact the demand and compensation for certain roles.

It’s always a good idea to research the latest data and consult job market reports for the most up-to-date information.. However, salary alone will never be the sole determinant of job satisfaction or career choice. It is important to understand what type of jobs fit your personality, your interests, and your strengths. On top, factors like work-life balance, growth opportunities, and job security should also be taken into account. By assessing your priorities and aligning them with the earning potential in various professions, you can make the best decision for yourself about your career path in Germany.

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Laura Villafuerte

HR expert & Career Coach

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